I do love maps. I don't have a SatNav in my car because I am so wedded to my gorgeous A-Zs of London and the Collins Road Atlas of Britain. Physical maps and atlases are so much nicer to pore over, and dream from, than flat screens. Not least because you can do such dreaming in a comfy armchair, accompanied by a cup of tea and a bar of Green & Blacks. I am like this when I visit a place as well; I'd much rather have a guide book than internet access. I'm not usually such a luddite, but with maps and travel guides I think I always will be.
At the moment these lovelies are on my reading pile, as I plan a European trip with the children over the long summer holidays. This year might be the only time I have the entire six-week school holidays off with them, so I am going to make the most of it and do some travelling that I've never been able to do before.
Switzerland is definitely on the itinerary, as is France. And I am also drawn to those little, tiny countries that I only know about from general knowledge quizzes: Andorra, Lichtenstein and Luxembourg.
Really, I'm almost as excited about our trip as this Michelin man - surfing his way across central Europe!
The only bit of online assistance I've had has been Mappy - an excellent European wide route planner, very similar to the one the AA does for the UK. I love how it calculates the cost of your trip for you - petrol and tolls.
And in other map-related love, I am very excited about the free exhibition, Magnificent Maps, which is on at the British Library from now until the middle of September. When I've finished going through my own stack of maps and guidebooks, I shall be paying it a visit. And I bet there isn't a TomTom or Garmin anywhere to be seen.